During a meeting with fishermen from the north of France on Sunday, the Minister of the Sea Annick Giardin promised “not to give up” in the arguing over fishing licenses and criticized the UK’s interpretation of post-Brexit rules on the question as “inadmissible”.
Ms Giardin’s comments come a day after Emmanuel Macron said Paris “will not give in” to Britain amid the ongoing dispute.
The French president accused the United Kingdom of playing on his country’s nerves.
“We didn’t get what we wanted. They are playing on our nerves, ”Macron said during a visit to Aulnoye-Ameries in the north. France. “We will not give in. “
On Sunday, Ms. Giardin added: “We fight every day for these ships, for these licenses, and we will not give up.”
Over the weekend, France said it was waiting for another 150 licenses to be issued to French vessels to allow them to fish in British waters.
Relations between London and Paris became increasingly strained following the UK crisis decision to leave the EU in 2016.
Fishing has become a major point of contention due to its political importance to both sides.
Mr Macron’s administration said Boris Johnson’s government should have issued more licenses to French boats to fish in UK territorial waters.
But the UK responded by saying it was sticking to the agreed-upon arrangements.
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The licenses would allow French fishermen to fish in territorial waters 6 to 12 nautical miles off the British coast and in the seas off the Channel Island of Jersey.
The current line has already seen France briefly seize a British fishing boat in its waters in October and the two countries sent ships into the waters off Jersey earlier this year.
Mr Macron briefly discussed the dispute with Mr Johnson in Rome on October 31, but there was no indication it would be resolved.
Both sides are under pressure to stand firm on the issue, with Mr Macron making his remarks after conservative Xavier Bertrant, a potential opponent in a presidential election next year, urged him to do more to defend the interests of citizens. French fishermen.